When Maxine Tissenbaum first thought about the concept for Da Vinci, her client was the focus. She wanted it to have the strength of personality that the client embodied, and to be a refuge from a very fast-paced life. When designing Da Vinci, the designer made sure that it was glamorous, but still inviting and playful. Ready to entertain on the high seas, but easy to find a quiet nook to work and relax in. Da Vinci is bespoke, and has all the elements of a sophisticated home.
The Mangusta 165E is the fastest yacht in the world, amongst those built in the series, with a top speed that largely exceeds 35 knots. She slides through the water with no vibrations, and with noise levels at full speed that are non-existent compared with those that can normally be heard on board other yachts at radically different speeds. Besides her excellent performance, this model is characterised by a very special, aggressive design which outwardly anticipates her spirited nature: her unmistakably racy, sporty lines, an authentic icon of the brand, are flanked by the recent aesthetic and structural alterations introduced for the “evolution” series. These include the new shape of the glazing, and the lengthened flybridge with the end section of the stern featuring aesthetic grating that brings to mind the world of car design.
“Da Vinci” clearly expresses the comfort and luxury desired for her guests who are able to enjoy a number of private or social areas onboard, inside or “en plein air”. Large windows let copious amounts of natural light into the interiors and the three skylights by the table in the large living-room contribute to the ongoing dialogue between indoors and out. The materials chosen for the onboard fittings are essentially natural wood stained in different shades of grey for the flooring and similar shades for the walls and furniture; exquisite marbles from various sources and burnished or polished brass. Refined, highly valuable furnishings have been installed and fitted all over the yacht.
Two large black cupboards have been fitted either side of the entrance. Made of wood and black painted glass, they enhance the flooring produced in three different kinds of marble – black Zebrino, cornflower blue Palissandro and Marquina – set out like a puzzle using pieces of all different sizes and shapes. The bar counter, also made of black Zebrino marble, stands out in this area. The front section has a geometric design consisting of panels in grey wood and decorations in polished brass. Entertainment is built into the décor. Behind the bar, there is a wall-mounted unit for bottles of spirits, featuring a practical up & down system enabling users to have everything at their fingertips as they need it. When not in use, everything is concealed in order not to interfere with the transparency of the glazing. The living area consists of a large corner sofa, which has been skilfully studied in order to create a comfortable, versatile conversation area. The wall separating the salon from the wheelhouse has been embellished with an exquisite piece of material art, created using a combination of countless small mirrors in different shapes and sizes. The underlying unit features valuable stingray leather doors in various shades of blue.
The full beam owner area is located astern and plays on the contrast between black and white. The materials used here are white-stained ash for the walls and structural elements, black-stained ash for the doors, white parquet for the flooring and black leather with decorative hinges in polished brass for the headboard on the bed. There are also Marquina marble and brass legs for the bedside tables, and lacquered pearly white and brass rods for the units to the right of the yacht. The designer lamps are unusual with their black and brass bases, as is the seat of the vanity unit in Pirarucu fish leather with bronzed finishes.
Experiencing the sea to the full with friends and family, and do so in a versatile way, or better, with the opportunity to freely use the many areas available for relaxing or socialising. This is a feature which has always made the layout of the external areas of a Mangusta yacht stand out from the others. Even this 165 is an expression of this philosophy. The stern cockpit opens out with a lounge area which can be protected from the sun. It is separated from the dining-area by a central unit in white and blue featuring geometric patterns. The large table can comfortably seat up to 12 people. At the bow, there is a Mediterranean club lounge featuring a Jacuzzi.